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Angie Harrod Earns Daisy Award Honors

Every quarter we honor outstanding staff members for their contributions to our mission. Each of our disciplines is recognized as part of our Bouquet of Recognition. Here is our most recent recipient:

Daisy Award

Angie Harrod, RN, CHPN

A colleague nominated Angie Harrod, RN, for her professionalism, kindness and patience when providing care. “Always a professional, Angie persevered with patience, kindness and respect to earn the trust of one of her patients. Week after week Angie gained ground and eventually won a tiny bit of trust. Eventually Angie called in her interdisciplinary team to assure that the patient received superior care, offering reassurance, kindness and respect.  The patient opposed going to the Dayton Hospice House at first, but relented and allowed the ambulance staff to take him. Because of Angie’s commitment to her patient and to the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, the patient was finally made comfortable physically, mentally and emotionally. The patient’s daughter, who had been estranged for 20 years, took the opportunity to drive to Dayton to say good bye to her father. The patient died peacefully and with dignity the following day.” Thank you, Angie, for delivering superior care and superior services and bringing meaning to our mission.


Your Green Thumb Can Be a Healing Touch

perennials2Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton invites gardeners to bring their green thumbs to help maintain the healing serenity of gardens on the hospice campus.

Volunteer gardeners with the Adopt-a-Garden program experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others by enhancing the gardens at the Dayton Hospice House for patients and their families. Volunteers are welcome as individuals or as part of a group to adopt a garden or small bed in the lovely gardens to care for and maintain. All Adopt-a-Gardens feature signage thanking those who are part of this inspirational project.

As a volunteer for the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton gardens, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with other volunteers. You will enjoy sharing your knowledge and gardening skills and will meet others who share your love of the outdoors. Exciting volunteer opportunities exist in virtually every area of the Hospice of Dayton landscape.


Examples of volunteer opportunities include:
Hospice House Gardens
• Care and maintenance of assigned gardens by weeding, mulching, dividing and plant grooming.
• Plant annuals, perennials and other plant material.
• Create and plant garden design.
Specialty Gardens
• Create and plant theme garden designs.
• Assist in the care and maintenance of the gardens.
Freelance Gardening
• Work with horticulture staff and volunteers to assist with gardens and ground maintenance including planting, plant grooming, dividing, weeding and mulching.
Volunteer Assistant
• Share knowledge and gardening skill with volunteers.
• Assist volunteers with tasks when needed.
Forest Management
• Implement a program to manage our woodland areas by providing:
• Removal of Invasive plants
• Restore forest native habitat
• Sustainable forest management
• Assist in the selection and care of hardy trees and shrubs.
Water Features
• Maintenance of water features includes checking water levels, filling and cleaning
• Debris management.
Pond Maintenance
• Maintenance of pond duties includes overseeing waterfall by checking pump house, cleaning waterfall and reservoir, and weed and debris management.

For additional information please contact Miriam Wolf or call 937-608-3456. You can also contact Volunteer Services at 937-256-9507, ext. 1163.


Daisy Honors to Jessica Winsett, LPN

Every quarter we honor outstanding staff members for their contributions to our mission. Each of our disciplines is recognized as part of our Bouquet of Recognition. Here are our most recent recipients:


Jessica Winsett, LPN

A family member sent thanks to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for the care provided to his mother at Brookdale in Kettering.

“We thank you for the care provided to her over the past months and the support to the entire family. Special thanks for the care she received the last week of her life. From the nurse that provided her back rubs late at night to the “Angel”, Jessica Winsett. For three shifts, Hospice provided us Jessica and she was just what we needed. To this day, it wouldn’t surprise me if Hospice said “there is no such person”, because I truly believe she was an angel sent from God. From her calming words, songs and tender touch to my mom; to the info provided to the family about what was going on and what to expect; to her being with me in the room when Mom passed and providing me the support I needed and then providing support to each family member as they arrived – it takes a special person to do what Jessica did for the entire family and especially my Mom. Please pass our gratitude to the entire Hospice staff, but especially Jessica for her brilliant and compassionate care.”




Nurse Honor Guard Celebrates Jean Hosmer’s Career of Caring

The Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Nursing Honor Guard was privileged to pay tribute to and celebrate life with Jean Hosmer and her family during recent ceremonies. Members of the nursing staff joined recognizing Jean for her commitment to a career of caring for others.

“Jean” (Gatchell) Hosmer graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio in 1943. Three years of intensive training including classes in biology, chemistry, anatomy, pharmacology and nutrition as well as clinical experience in operating room technique, pediatric, obstetric, psychiatric, medical and surgical nursing prepared her well for her career as a registered nurse. At the age of 95, Jean still remembers her three months of training in Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. The students were presented with many challenging cases, including a small child that came to the ER requiring major surgical repair of an untreated rate bite that left her with an open split from her lip to her nose. What appeared at first to be a little brunette girl turned out to be, after all the nurses attended to her hygiene, a little blond with the most beautiful golden hair they had ever seen.

A four-month affiliation at City Hospital in Cleveland in Contagious Diseases, Psychiatry and Tuberculosis led to more eye-opening experiences, including her own roommate contracting TB and needing to be transferred to a TB sanatorium. Jean recounts how she did not eat beef ribs for a long time after witnessing the surgical removal of tuberculosis patients’ ribs, a common practice during the forties in order to collapse a lung as part of the disease treatment.


After graduation, Jean and several nursing school buddies took a trip to Florida. The nurses joined some officers on leave from the Army Air Corp on a group date, ending up at a dance where Jean, at barely five feet tall, was paired up with the shortest young navigator. He turned out to coincidentally know one of her fellow nursing friends back in Ohio. Soon they discovered they had many common interests as well. Rowland “Ozzie” Hosmer was also from northern Ohio, so the couple were able to continue their friendship back home. Jean and Ozzie eventually became engaged and were married when he returned from overseas.

Jean began and worked most of her professional career as an RN at Lakewood Hospital in Lakewood, Ohio. She also worked for a short time while in the cardiac
unit at Fairview Hospital in Fairview Park, Ohio. Balancing her nursing career with her responsibilities as a mother of three daughters, she chose to take time off when the kids were young, but always returned to work each time one of the girls was in college. Throughout her career she worked on every floor in the hospital, in all of the various services. Jean preferred the medical floor and extended her commitment to the caregiving field by volunteering in a program that offered aid to disabled children. Additionally, she provided grief counseling to others as a trained Stephen’s Minister following the death of her husband, Ozzie.


Jean also spent several years nursing the elderly at The Welsh Home facility in Rocky River, Ohio, where at that time, Welsh heritage was a requirement for residency. She fondly remembers the tasty Welsh cakes that the visiting board members would bring with them from Wales. Jean still tells the tale of losing her Welsh Home nametag in the snow on a visit to a nearby mall one day after work. An entire year later she was walking through the same parking lot, which was a muddy mess from construction, stepped on something hard and when she looked down discovered her pin – with her name still legible.

Jean witnessed a multitude of changes in medicine and technology in her career that spanned from 1940 to 1979.  She attributes the invention of the heart/lung machine as contributing the most to the advancement of medical care during her lifetime.






Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Joins In National Healthcare Decisions Week

National Healthcare Decisions Week is being observed April 16-22 with a goal of reminding all people, regardless of age or current health status, of the importance of making their personal healthcare decisions known. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is joining the effort to encourage members of our community to participate in important discussions about end-of-life care.

Every day at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton we help families come to terms with the unimaginable loss of a loved one. Family members are torn as they consider what is right, what is best, how to best honor the life of their loved one. There may be differences of opinion that can fracture families forever. This does not need to happen.

By sharing information with loved ones and your doctor about what you would want when you are facing life-limiting circumstances, you are not only helping yourself, you are also alleviating family members of guilt, stress, fear and potential long-lasting conflict. We talked with some our own staff who have had experiences they offered to share that open a window into the challenges families can face when someone they love faces their final days, weeks or months of life.

My sisters and I have recently gone through all the legalities for our mom, who is in early stages of dementia. We each (and MOM) know what is happening, what we each will be responsible for, who Mom will live with when the time comes – SUCH a big burden lifted for each of us. My father-in-law did NOT make sure this was done and when he died, his entire estate was held for weeks. It was AWFUL during those dark days after his death.”


“I lost both parents to cancer. Father had paperwork in place and made it easy to follow his wishes. Mother did not have paperwork in place. We had several conversations with her about her wishes, but before she could complete paperwork, she coded. We had to go through the painful process of turning off life support.”


“When my father was diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer, my siblings, my mother and I had to make decisions about his care. It was less of a burden on us because we had talked with my parents long before Dad was ill so we knew his wishes. We also knew these were his true wishes and not the pain or medication talking. He was able to die on his terms, not ours. When my in-laws passed, it was unexpected. They did not have any plans in place. They never wanted to talk about it. It was very hard as the family all had their own ideas and it was very stressful.”


An American Journal of Public Health study finds that 60% of those 18 and older want their end-of-life wishes to be respected. But according to a National Institute of Health study only 26.3% of U.S. adults have completed an Advance Directive. Why not more? Most had thought about it but not completed the forms. The primary reasons offered were that they did not know about the forms, were concerned about cost or complexity.

In reality, it is simple and easy to take the steps to assure your healthcare decisions are honored.

  • Talk with your loved ones about your preferences for healthcare planning. Visit to locate resources about the topic
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is making printed booklets available for free at our reception desks during National Healthcare Decisions Week. Just stop at the reception desk to request a copy
  • Forms can also be found right here.

Show your love for your family by taking the necessary steps to establish your wishes during National Healthcare Decisions Week. They will be forever grateful to you for it.


A Full Life

His tomato seedlings are over an inch tall and leaning toward the sun. He is working on an article for a dialysis publication that he hopes will help dialysis patients stay more positive. He refers to the bunnies, squirrels and turtles in his backyard sanctuary as the “livestock” he’s responsible for feeding. While he may be a hospice patient, Philip “Gene” Pierson says he plans to “live to the fullest extent of the law.”

While Gene has lots he could complain about – a “heart that’s working at 50% capacity, lungs that work at 40% and a single kidney that works at about 20%” – he focuses instead on the many blessings he has had in life. And what a life it’s been.

Born outside of Xenia, Gene was raised on a farm and joined the Air Force upon high school graduation. “I don’t have any war stories,” he says, almost apologetically. “I was standing on the tarmac with my duffle bag prepared to go to Cuba during the Missle Crisis, but Kennedy got it resolved in the middle of the night. God was looking out for me – in more ways than one.” He goes on to explain, “My VA benefits have kept me alive. I’m on dialysis three days a week and have had multiple surgeries at the Cleveland VA hospital. I hear negative things about the VA, but for myself, if it weren’t for the VA and hospice, I wouldn’t be here.“

Talking with Gene about his life is an amazing tour. Working for Cincinnati Milacron, he traveled the world – from Europe to Fiji to Australia and every state but Alaska. He loves and raised horses and enjoyed some rodeo riding. He took his first plane ride at the age of 10 in a Boeing Stearman biplane. He took another biplane ride last summer at the age of 77. He ran a family business for decades, fathered six children and now boasts an extended family of 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

While Gene has known his wife, Esther, since childhood, the two did not come together until both had left early unsuccessful marriages. “I knew her from church when she was eight. She was too young for me. I was twelve,” Gene explains with a wink. The couple has now been together for over thirty years. “We renegotiate another year on every anniversary,” Gene says. “So far it’s working out.”

Gene credits a superb support team of family and friends for helping he and Esther during their health challenges. Gene is compiling photo albums that highlight his life experiences. They are filled with familiar faces and new friends he is making every day. “Everyone who has touched my life is part of who I am,” Gene says.

Gene’s health problems almost got the best of him last spring. “I was walking through the valley,” he says. “Black was closing in on me. But when I got there, God said, ‘not today.’ And for that I am grateful each day I have left.”

We are grateful too. We are privileged to be among those whose lives he has touched. We wish Gene the fullness of life every day – to the “fullest extent of the law.”




Sheri Mothersole Earns Sunflower Award

Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton staff are recognized every quarter with our Bouquet of Recognition Awards. Sheri Mothersole is one of our newest recipients of the Sunflower Award.

Sheri was nominated by the family member of one of our patients.  “On more than one occasion Sheri Mothersole provided her aide skills,” her nomination reads. “It was evident from the get-go that Sheri cared about giving excellent physical and emotional care. Addressing the positional needs, cleansing needs and auditory needs offered proof of Sheri’s caring, giving heart.”

When the patient passed, “Sheri assisted in dressing her at the time of her passing… Sheri allowed for my assistance in moving the patient upon her final vehicle of transport to the hearse. Sheri walked with me and with the patient, not as a job, but as a knowing comfort in the time of a heart’s need. Words are words, but how one acts is the final presentation of caring. Thank you for allowing me, on behalf of the patient and myself, to express my thankfulness.”


Remembering Jean Lamb

img_9433Jean Lamb ‘s creativity and love of words found expression in her life in both traditional and unexpected ways.

Jean met her husband, Bob, at Iowa State College. When they married, Bob began a career with the 3M Company and the family moved to Dayton. Jean was active with the PTA and supervised the church library. Her home economics degree came in handy, as she made drapes and slipcovers for the house and dresses for her girls. One daughter said she “grew up in Donna Reed’s house” and recalled that people referred to her Mother as Saint Jean. Now she says, “As I’ve gotten older, I’m not so sure they were wrong about that.”

Jean wrote poetry for her children when they were young, encouraging them to love words and creativity. As her children grew older, Jean’s creativity found new expression. She created a stuffed lamb with a pocket in its back and put a note into the pocket to send to one of her daughters who was homesick during her freshman year in college. Soon Jean was selling the stuffed animals as comfort gifts to funeral homes and gift shops. She developed a line of greeting cards and sold them to clients nationally. As her business grew, Bob served as a “marketer.”

After many years of success, Jean and Bob retired and stayed busy with activities. In 2016, after 67 ½ years together, Jean died from a dementia related illness while under the care of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.

Now her husband is extending her legacy. He has published a collection of her writings into a book and is donating proceeds from book sales to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. The books are available at Heirlooms Shoppes benefitting Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and at the Heartfelt Gifts Shoppe at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.

Here’s a sample poem from Jean’s A Kiss on the Magic Spot:

Deep Within My Heart I Heard

‘Twas in the midst of noonday clatter,

Surrounded by the children’s chatter I had spoken not a word,

When, deep within my heart, I heard:

“Your mission – lead your family

To true, unending love for Me.”


How could this be?

Could this be all He’d ask of me?

No great crusades to lead?

No unfed hordes to feed?

In protest, I began to speak,

“They go to Sunday School each week.

Of course they love you, Lord, most dearly.”

And then I heard His words more clearly.

“Unending,” he had said, and “True.”

That meant in everything they do.

And then…The task that seemed so small,

Seemed, suddenly, not small at all.

I’ll do my best, but, Lord, I pray,

That You will help me find the way.